(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Barbarism in the muck of the present. Dystopia and the postapocalyptic from Pinedo to Sarmiento

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ZIMMER Z. (1) ;
(1) Virginia Tech., Alexandria, ETATS-UNIS


In this article I consider the temporality of postapocalyptic narrative and use a contemporary postapocalyptic novel, Plop (2004), by the Argentine author Rafael Pinedo, to open up new considerations of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento’s classic Facundo: Civilización y barbarie (1845). Following the method proposed by Jorge Luis Borges (1966) in “Kafka and His Precursors,” it is my position that Pinedo’s novel invents a new, postapocalyptic Facundo, thus converting Sarmiento into one of the American continent’s first postapocalyptic authors. Furthermore, Pinedo’s novel re-frames the “civilization or barbarism” debate under the contemporary sign of ecological catastrophe, allowing the reader to arrive at new and startling conclusions about language, the environment, and disaster


Article of periodic

published at : Latin American research review / ISSN 0023-8791

Editor : Latin American Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA - ETATS-UNIS (1965)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 48, no2 [pp. 131-147]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 23897

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